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Ebonyi targets 557, 000 children, 139, 000 pregnant women, others in immunization exercise

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ebonyi State government yesterday said it was targeting a total of 557,000 children, 139,000 pregnant women and 613, 000  women of child bearing age for the state’s immunization exercise.
 
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike stated this at Ugbodo, the headquarters of Ebonyi local government area of Ebonyi State during the flag-off  of second round of maternal/ newborn child health week in the state.
 

Addressing Funding Gap To Save Millions Of Nigerian Children From Malnutrition

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Recent survey by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicates that malnutrition accounts for the death of 2,300 Nigerian children daily.
 
It also notes that more than 2.5 million children under the age of five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and are likely to die if adequate funding is not provided to treat them.
 

Senate decries N305b expenditure on medical tourism

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Senate on Tuesday said that the expenditure of over $1 billion (about N305.250 billion) annually for medical treatment abroad was unacceptable.
 
Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuosho, who stated this at a press conference in Abuja said that the Senate was working assiduously to turn the country’s health sector around for the benefit of Nigerian.
 

20 million Nigerian women have been circumcised - Wellbeing Foundation President

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Toyin Saraki has revealed that about 20 million Nigerian women have experienced Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
 
Mrs Saraki made the disclosure in commemoration of the United Nation’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on February 6.
 

Senator decries Nigeria’s budgetary allocation to health

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho, has decried budgetary allocation to health sector, saying it was disproportionate in comparison to its mandate.
 
He said that the ministry’s allocation had continued to “show no break in gloomy pattern over the years”.
 
Mr. Tejuosho stated this on Wednesday at a news briefing in Abuja and said that “in the 2017 Capital Budget of N2.24 trillion, the health sector was allocated N51 billion (representing 2.78per cent).”
 

Nigeria gets committees on healthcare

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Nigeria has inaugurated the technical and steering committees to drive the process of improving quality healthcare for mothers, newborn and children.
 
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, inaugurated the steering and technical committees in Abuja.
 
The inauguration of the committees was in direct response for the admission of Nigeria into the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) network on quality healthcare for mothers, newborns and children.
 

UNFPA recognises Nigeria, Gambia banning female genital mutilation

Monday, February 6, 2017

The UN Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA, says Nigeria and The Gambia are among the countries that have outlawed the harmful practice of female genital mutilation.
 
The UNFPA, in a report on the of 2017 International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, commemorated on February 6, stressed the urgent need to abandon the practice.
 

Hajj: Sokoto mulls family planning packages for female intending pilgrims

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sokoto state government may introduce family planning packages to the female intending pilgrims because of the suffering pregnant women go through during Hajj exercise.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal disclosed this at the inauguration of the newly elected officials  of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Sokoto state branch.
 
Tambuwal who was represented by the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Balarabe Kakale said this was  to allow women perform the religious rites while in the holy Land without any hitch.
 

‘41,000 Nigerian children are infected with HIV every year,’ Wellbeing Foundation founder says

Friday, February 3, 2017

Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Mrs Toyin Saraki has said that Nigeria is in the midst of a national health crisis.
 
Mrs Saraki, who is the Chair of Nigeria's Primary Healthcare Revitalization Support Group, however added that the solution to the crisis is within the nation’s grasp.
 

Nigeria, others to increase immunisation coverage

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

African Heads of State have pledged to increase investment in immunisation coverage on the continent.
 
The leaders made the commitment at the 28th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, are to increase their country’s political and financial investments in vaccination programmes .
 
The World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, noted that while immunisation coverage has improved over the last 15 years , the progress has stagnated in many countries.
 

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